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Northwest Ohio: Ohio EPA Grants $2.1 million for Recycling and Litter Prevention

Recipients from Allen, Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Fulton, Huron, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Putnam,
Richland, Sandusky, Wood, and Wyandot counties

Ohio EPA is awarding more than $2.1 million this year in grants to 23 local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout central Ohio to implement recycling, litter prevention, market development, and scrap tire recycling programs. Statewide, the Agency is issuing more than $5 million in grant funding to 89 recipients with $3.2 million specifically for community and litter prevention programs.

Local governments and other entities use these grants for litter collection, education programming, and the disposal of scrap tires through amnesty collection events. All local cleanup efforts involve the work of volunteers and take place on public property. Some of these grants tie into a statewide litter campaign, A Little Litter is a Big Problem, announced by Governor Mike DeWine last year to prioritize and promote the conversation around litter in Ohio.

Projects approved for funding (rounded down to the nearest dollar) include:

Ashland County Solid Waste Management District $48,026 Tire collection events and education and outreach campaign
Bowling Green (Wood County) $116,638 Playground paving
Bowling Green State University (Wood County) $28,000 Anti-recycling contamination campaign
CLI Incorporated (Huron County) $100,000 Purchase a mini rear loader truck for recycling events
Crawford County Solid Waste Management District sponsoring Innovative Recycling $149,250 Purchase a baler/logger, delivery, and installation of the equipment
Harding Township (Fulton County) $2,400 Litter drop-off events
Joint Solid Waste Management District of Defiance, Fulton, Paulding, and Williams Counties sponsoring Werlor, Inc. $196,484 Purchase two bobcats and two lift trucks
Lima-area Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Allen County) $55,000 Purchase a box truck and wrap
Lucas County Solid Waste Management District $70,000 Purchase surveillance cameras and outreach and education supplies
Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention $2,000 Keep America Beautiful renewal, cameras to reduce illegal dumping, and litter cleanup projects
Mercer County Solid Waste Management District $4,720 Litter cleanup projects
Ohio Association of Litter Prevention and Recycling Professionals (Wood County) $3,000 Conference sponsorships and assistance
Ottawa/Sandusky/Seneca Solid Waste District $33,880 Tire amnesty events
Port Authority of Allen County $300,000 Purchase rubber peeling equipment for scrap tire recycling
Putnam County Solid Waste District $200,000 Purchase equipment to create a second sorting line for recyclables
Richland County Regional Solid Waste Management Authority $80,000 Litter collection event and purchase a truck to run a school recycling program
Sandusky (Erie County) $24,000 Dumpster rental and disposal/recycling fees, litter collection supplies
Toledo (Lucas County) $400,000 Litter cleanup, tire amnesty program, outreach and education supplies, and construct a walkway and parking lot paving
Toledo Christian Schools (Lucas County) $476 Collection and processing costs for existing recycling program
Toledo Science Center (Lucas County) $51,316 Purchase glass crusher, recycling containers, and outreach and education materials
Wood County Solid Waste Management District sponsoring Phoenix Technologies International, LLC $200,000 Purchase a PET flake sorter for sorting colored plastics
Wood Lane Industries (Wood County) $41,028 Purchase a pick-up truck and truck lift
Wyandot County Solid Waste Management District and Recycling Center $10,000 Tire amnesty event
Keep Ohio Beautiful (Statewide) $80,000 Litter collection and special venues

Community and Litter Grants are available to local governments, parks or health departments, state colleges and universities, solid waste authorities, and nonprofit organizations or Keep America Beautiful communities to support and expand community recycling and litter prevention efforts. Market Development Grants assist businesses that purchase equipment and infrastructure for successful markets of recyclable materials and related products. Scrap Tire Grants provide financial assistance to Ohio’s businesses, communities, and nonprofits seeking to convert manufacturing operations into facilities that accept scrap tire material, expand tire processing, or use scrap tire material in construction projects or manufactured products. Academic Institution Grants are available to public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for recycling efforts as well as outreach and education, recycling equipment, and conference sponsorships.

For additional information about the grant programs, contact Marie Barnett at Ohio EPA at Marie.Barnett@epa.ohio.gov, or online: www.recycleohio.gov.

 

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.